Three Years in the Army of the Potomac

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Lee and Shepard, 1865 - Massachusetts - 313 pages
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Page 83 - History will not be believed when it is told that the noble officers and men of my division were permitted to carry on this unequal struggle from morning until night, unaided, in the presence of more than thirty thousand of their comrades with arms in their hands. Nevertheless, it is true.
Page 225 - THE shades of night were falling fast, As through an Alpine village passed A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice, A banner with the strange device, Excelsior...
Page 170 - It is with heartfelt satisfaction that the Commanding General announces to the army, that the operations of the last three days have determined that our enemy must either ingloriously fly, or come out from behind his defences and give us battle on our own ground, where certain destruction awaits him.
Page 168 - ... where the least storm makes the roads impassable, no army can live unless it supports its march upon a navigable watercourse or a railway. In Europe our military administration assumes that the transportation service of an army of one hundred thousand men can only provision that army for a three days' march from its base of operations.
Page 94 - ... the most ghastly spectacles that has ever been witnessed. Scores of horses, and the swollen and black corpses of hundreds of rebels, were stretched upon the ground, and in spots lay in groups, that showed a fearful waste of life ; and myriads of maggots were feasting upon the putrid forms, and swarmed upon the earth, so that it was difficult to walk without crushing them beneath the feet. Many soldiers, in the obscurity of the night, had slept side by side with the bodies of the slain, supposing...
Page i - Her father loved me ; oft invited me ; Still questioned me the story of my life, From year to year ; the battles, sieges, fortunes, That I have passed. I ran it through, even from my boyish days, To the very moment that he bade me tell it, Wherein I spake of most disastrous chances, Of moving accidents by flood and field ; Of hair-breadth 'scapes, i...
Page 180 - the Germans basely fled without receiving a volley, and rushed pell-mell by thousands upon the road to the ford. Officers of other corps made themselves speechless by striving to rally the Flying Dutchman, who was no longer an illusion but a despicable reality," etc. " The Germans thought to escape the censure which the whole army justly bestowed upon them by tearing the badges from their caps — for the crescent was recognized as the insignia of a poltroon.
Page 96 - ... who had complained about a foot or boot that interfered with their personal comfort, or the form of a person over whom they had stumbled when groping their way to their posts, were amazed to discover that a corpse had been the subject of their oaths. * * * Graves were visible in every direction after the horses had been burned and the dead were buried; and when the line was advanced some were seen in the swamp, standing in the posture in which they were killed, and so rapidly had they decomposed...
Page 93 - ... in Richmond expected an immediate pursuit of their demoralized forces, the extent of their losses was so slightly understood, that the pickets were always urged to be vigilant, because an attack by the enemy was hourly anticipated at this point ; and the men stood in line of battle before twilight. The field was visible in the morning to the eyes of the soldiers, who beheld one of the most ghastly spectacles that has ever been witnessed. Scores of horses, and the swollen and black corpses of...
Page 165 - ... both in the army and throughout the country — a result to which his fine soldierly appearance and frank manners had much contributed ; nor was this diminished by a * The germ of the badge designation was the happy thought of General Kearney, who, at Fair Oaks, ordered the soldiers of his division to sew a piece of red flannel to their caps, so that he could recognize them in the tumult of battle. Hooker developed the idea into a system of immense utility, and henceforth the different corps...

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